News Briefs: Oct. 11, 2012

Veterans home celebrating 25 years
RIFLE | The Colorado State Veterans Home at Rifle is celebrating its 25th anniversary and open house on Saturday, Oct. 13. The program begins at 10 a.m. and festivities last through 2 p.m. that includes a barbecue from 11:45 until 1:30 p.m. Former U.S. Representative for Colorado’s District 3 Scott McGinnis will be the guest speaker. The Colorado State Veterans Home is located at 851 E. Fifth St., Rifle, Colo. Call 970-625-0842 for more information.

Capitol Christmas Tree celebration
MEEKER | Mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 3 to celebrate the Capitol Christmas Tree coming from the White River National Forest. The celebration will be held in downtown Meeker and will include a 5K run/walk, street fair, music, bounce houses, stilt walkers, Ute Indian dancers, children’s holiday music performances, dignitary speeches, parade of lights, fireworks and more. Festivities start at 2 p.m. and go until after dark. Look for a detailed schedule of events as the days get closer. Join our community celebration as we send Colorado’s “gift to the Nation” on its nationwide tour. Celebration events brought to you by the Meeker Chamber of Commerce, ERBM Rec and Park District, Town of Meeker, Forest Service and the Christmas Tree committee.

Capitol Christmas Tree opportunities
MEEKER | The Meeker Chamber of Commerce is currently taking vendor applications for the street fair, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, 2-7 p.m., in downtown Meeker. The street fair is open to all businesses, not-for-profit organizations and groups needing a fundraising opportunity. The Meeker Chamber is also accepting entry forms for the Parade of Lights, scheduled for the evening of Nov. 3. For more information, or to pick-up an entry form, visit www.MeekerChamber.com, call 970-878-5510, or stop by 710 Market St. Plan on participating in the street fair and/or parade of lights to help celebrate Colorado’s “gift to the nation”!

Meeker Craft Show Nov. 2-3
MEEKER | The Meeker Craft Show will be Friday, Nov. 2, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the old elementary school. Please call 970-878-3361 for more information or to request a registration form.

Veterans Memorial needs donations
MEEKER | Contributions to the County Veterans Memorial can be sent to: VFW POST 5843, Rio Blanco County Memorial Fund, Mountain Valley Bank, 400 Main St., Meeker, Colo., 81641.